Innovation Partnership Zones

Collaborate, innovate and succeed.


Collaboration and innovation are the dual roads that lead to success in the marketplace. Recognizing the power of partnering with like minded companies and individuals, Washington has launched Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZ) around the state.

Businesses wanting to do business here have the option of locating in one of these zones, which offers a unique environment that brings research, workforce training and private sector businesses together in close geographical proximity to create new companies, products and jobs.

IPZs are set up by cluster, including aerospace, clean energy, global health, medical devices, interactive media, water management and even wine and hospitality. Each IPZ is sited to take advantage of the region’s pool of talent, resources and entrepreneurism.

For businesses, IPZs can be a smart business move. Each IPZ offers university researchers who work closely with their private sector partners to develop prototypes, incubate start-ups, develop critical training programs and pool best practices in order to blaze new trails in innovation.

If your business is interested in being involved in one of the 15 Innovation Partnership Zones around the state, contact one of our Business Development team members to discuss IPZs and how your business can be located in one. Got a general question about IPZs in Washington State? Call (206) 256-6100 or email for information.

IPZ Legislative Reports

2012 Report (pdf format)

2010 Report (pdf format)

IPZs and Business Plans

To view IPZ business plans (they will open as PDF files), click on the IPZ location (bold blue text) below.

      • King County - King County Financial Services Collaborative (2011~King County and enterpriseSeattle)
        More information: Ray Moser (206) 263-9765 or  Jeff Marcell (206) 389-8654
      • Kittitas County  - Central Washington Resource Energy Collaborative  (2009~Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce)
        Renewable Energy Technologies, particularly Wind and Solar
        More information: David Bowen (509) 899-2003
      • Pullman Pullman IPZ (2007~Port of Whitman County)
        Clean Information Technology and Data Center Technologies, Smart Grid Technologies, Smart Farm and Smart Home Technologies
        More information: Joe Poire (509) 552-5116
      • Seattle - South Lake Union Global Health IPZ (2007~City of Seattle)
        More information: Tina Vlasaty (206) 684-3348
      • Skagit Valley - Value-Added Agriculture (2013~Economic Development Association of Skagit County)
        More information: Don Wick (360) 336-6114
      • Walla Walla - Walla Walla Valley IPZ  (2007~City of Walla Walla)
        Viticulture, Alternative Energy and Water Management
        More information: Tim McCarty (509) 527-4540